This is the official record and text of the Government of Canada's apology for the Indian Residential School system provided on June 11, 2008. You will find then Prime Minister Stephen Harper's statement and statements by Liberal party leader Stéphane Dion, NDP party leader Jack Layton and Bloq Quebecois party leader Gilles Duceppe. Providing statements in response were: Chief Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Chief Patrick Brazeau, National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Clem Charter, President of the National Métis Council.
On June 11, 2008, then Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper offered an apology on behalf of the Government for its role in the Indian Residential Schools system. This link provides a video of the day's statements by the Prime Minister and Indigenous leaders. A full transcript of the video is also provided.
"The Fund is focused on cross-cultural education to support healing and recovery. We need to better understand each other before we can truly reconcile. The Fund will foster new relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples, while strengthening the voices and work of groups already making a difference.
All proceeds from the sale of the Secret Path will be donated to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. The NCTR is leading the way in responding to the 94 Calls to Action put forward by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
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